Very nice, props to you. All I would add is that this screen should be what appears after you hit the "PUBLIC CHAT" button on the default screen. The screen when you first log in should remain as it is now as this screen looks very intimidating to a new/casual user and many people don't want to see public chat ever and they shouldn't have to.
But yeah, great work, I hope Blizz implements something like this.
And I am with you, the diablo battle.net menu could get some.. tweaks, I really think its extremely bland as it is now.
And a small question in between, does anyone know if your first character pick will be Diablo 2 style? As in clicking one of the characters at the camp fire? Because I know for about 1.5 years ago when they showed the first 3 classes, it was like that. and so far in the beta I've only seen the 'bland' select from menu thingy.
This post alone led me to create a acct on Diablofans just to say.. you NAIL IT! Love the idea that this would be the screen everyone boots into. Would love everyone booting into a general chat and going to other channels as they desire.
The look of the chat is spot on and hits on about everything I hear people like.
Saw this linked from the official forums and I felt compelled to come here and show my support. Great job mocking this up...it looks fantastic and would be a welcomed improvement to the antiquated chat system we've been shown in the current patch. I sincerely hope Blizz sees this and takes notice to how much it would be appreciated.
I like it a lot, however it looks a bit cluttered with stuff. Maybe expand the chat aspect and have navigational tabs that take over your screen with the various thing like stats, or w/e and you can switch between the tabs. So everything is organized and on each screen your only focused on one thing. You know what I mean? Like the chat window is mainly focused on the chat aspect, can see peoples characters, expanded friends list, etc.
Somewhere are some tabs with things like stats, etc and you click on one and instead of the chat window you bring up the stats screen where the chat screen is no longer visable, all that is shown is the stats screen. You click on the chat tab and it brings you back to the chat screen. Anything that makes it less cluttered up would be great, still awesome work though.